Islands' Partnership appoints new Chairman
The Islands’ Partnership has appointed a new Chairman.
Andrew Sells will take over as the organisation's independent non-Executive Chairman in February for an initial period of three years.
He succeeds James Berresford, who stepped down at the end of last year after a three-year tenure.
Working alongside the Islands’ Partnership Board and Executive team, Andrew is tasked with helping to drive forward the growth of Scilly’s tourism industry and the wider economic prosperity of the islands.
He has spent the last five years as Chairman of Natural England, the national body responsible for advising the Government on the natural environment.
Andrew said: “I am delighted to be given this opportunity to chair the Islands’ Partnership Board. The Isles of Scilly hold a special place in the hearts of my family. All generations have been visiting this tranquil haven for many years and I regard it as a great privilege to be asked to help shape the future of the islands.”
The IP said in a statement: "Andrew brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Islands’ Partnership having had a long and successful career in the world of business before moving on to a range of board and senior advisory positions in both the public and private sectors. He is also no stranger to Scilly, having been a regular visitor to the islands for the last 15 years."
Robert Francis, Chairman of the Council of the Isles of Scilly and IP Vice-Chair, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew to the Islands’ Partnership Board of Directors. Indeed we are honoured that so soon after stepping down as Chairman of Natural England, he has decided to impart to us here on Scilly his immense knowledge and considerable experience in business and the natural environment.
"I am sure his strong, impartial leadership will be invaluable in enabling us to deliver on the ambitions set out in our Destination Management Plan and to secure a strong and sustainable economic future for the islands."